Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Marbled Cream Cheese Brownies

Looking back at 2008, even though there was a slight slack towards the end of the year, I was glad that I did quite a few good bakes and new attempts. I found my 6 Favourite Foods that I have done last year.

1. I made my favourite Cashew Nuts Cookies and will definitely bake it again this year. I have already bought the cashew nuts and ready to go! :)

2. I was caught up in the bread making frenzy and bought a new breadmachine. I remembered the clumsy moments when shaping the Plaited Loaf. It came up to be my prettiest bread among all.

3. I bought my first tart pan and made the delicious Apple Crumble Pie, but have never used the pan again after that!

4. I made a disastrous attempt at the Easy Peach Cheesecake without a proper tin with a removable base. I have already bought one loose-base tin. :)

5. I made my first homemade ice creams and this was good!

6. I found the Devil's Food Cake recipe and made them into Devil's Cupcakes. Best of the Bests!

Here's my first bake in 2009.



Marbled Cream Cheese Brownies
(Recipe was copied down and I forgot to take down the title of the book)

Ingredients (8 inch square tin, makes 16 squares)
Brownie layer:
125g lightly salted butter
45g cocoa powder
2 eggs
250g caster sugar (I reduce to 160g, still quite sweet)
60g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream cheese layer:
180g cream cheese
90g caster sugar (I reduce to 70g)
1 egg
30g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Gently melt the butter in a small, heavy-based saucepan, then stir in the cocoa until blended and set aside.
2. Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and stir in the chocolate mixture. Sift the flour and fold into the mixture. Add in the vanilla extract.
3. Whisk together the cream cheese, sugar and egg. Sift self-raising flour over this mixture and fold in. Add in the vanilla extract.
4. Pour 3/4 of the brownie mixture into the base-lined tin and spread the cream cheese mixture over it. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie mixture on top, making swirls in it with a skewer for a marbled effect. Bake at 180C for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is springy to the touch.
5. Cool the baked cake in the tin. Turn it out and cut into squares.

19 comments:

  1. Hi SSB,
    I like your closing for year 2008! And your marble cream cheese brownies look beautiful and tempting ;-)

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  2. Hi SSB,
    The cream cheese brownie looks very yummy! How nice if I could have few pieces with a cup of coffee now :P

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  3. Hi SSB,

    Happy Baking 2009 to you :)
    Neat job and well done! I remembered I tried this recipe out and mine was messy.

    Looking forward to more bakes from you:)

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  4. your marbled brownies look very pro =D

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  5. I don't eat cheese, but these look really delish! I love the marbled effect; you did a great job :) What a great way to start the new year!

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  6. Hi SSB!
    Your brownies look gorgeous! The marbled effect looks like an art piece! :)

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  7. Hi SSB, I'm looking forward to another year of baking with you :)

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  8. The marbling effect is beautiful! Happy 2009!

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  9. Hello SSB,
    Your cream cheese brownies looks awesome. I'll try your apple crumble pie soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. Hi SSB,

    I loveeee cheese and chocolate. This sounds like a perfect dessert for me. But i recently went to a sinseh and he told me to avoid cheese AND chocolate =(

    Now, I can only admire your brownies.

    p.s. i LOVE how your marbling effect came out! pretty!

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  11. Thanks everyone for the compliments! :D

    All I did was swirling and swirling with the skewer, no special skills needed. Luckily the marbling effect was quite ok. I'm sure everyone of you can do it. :)

    Happy baking in 2009!

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  12. hi SSB, your brownie looks wonderful! really very pro. i am sure it tastes as good too. your cashew cookies looks cute! well...since its in the middle of the mth alrdy, lemme wish u an advance Happy Chinese new year!
    May this yr be a good year of new bakes. ;oP

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  13. Thanks ah Teo! Wish you a prosperous Ox year too! I will be reading your blog for new bakes and food discovery. :)

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  14. they look so gourmet. like those bought outside! nice one :) I see that u are having fun swirling

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  15. Hi SSB,
    I tried this marbled cream cheese brownie over the weekend, but couldn't get the nice and neat cream cheese layer like yours ;-( The cream cheese went down to the brownie mixture instead. How do i manage the nice layers like yours?
    Cheers,

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  16. Hi quizzine, so sorry to hear that. I didn't face that problem when I baked it cos the batter I got was quite thick.

    I thought over it, I think it could be the eggs since there are no other liquid ingredients. Maybe you have used larger eggs and make the batter thinner and cause the cream cheese to sink down?? Correct me if I'm wrong. :)

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  17. Tks SSB, think you might got it right, cos my eggs are those very big ones, and one of them was a twins!

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  18. Lucky you! I usually used medium-sized eggs (abt 55g), I think will be hard for me to see twin egg yolks. :(

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